Married 19th Duke of Somerset, 66, enjoys three years of affair with 45-year-old socialite divorced after binding over a pheasant shoot at an estate in Devon
- John Seymour, 66, has been married to Eliza Dugdale, 45 for three years
- The affair is said to have started after they committed themselves to a pheasant shooting
- The 19th Duke of Somerset is married to his wife of more than forty years Judith-Rose
- Mrs. Dugdale said the affair started because his wife spent a lot of time in Rome
Thanks to the highly suggested Marquess of Bath and his & # 39; wifelets & # 39; The Longleat estate has become known as the hotbed of sin.
Now The Mail can reveal on Sunday how another aristocrat got caught up in a scandal at the land stack in Wiltshire – after he had an affair there with a socialist who was 21 years younger.
John Seymour, the 19th Duke of Somerset, had a romance with divorced Eliza Dugdale for three years despite the fact that he had been married to wife Judith-Rose for more than 40 years.
The father of the four was a regular visitor to the lush farm where Mrs. Dugdale lived in Longleat.
John Seymour, the 19th Duke of Somerset (left), 66, has had a three-year romance with the divorced divorced woman Eliza Dugdale (right), 45. The affair is said to have started after the couple shoot a pheasant on an estate in Devon
After the affair became so famous in the area, Mrs. Dugdale, 45 years old, was forced to leave the six-bedroom property and move to Spain.
Last night she confirmed the relationship – and said it had begun because the duke's wife, a faithful Catholic, often spent time in Rome, leaving her husband to look after herself.
The affair is said to have started after the couple captured a pheasant shot at an estate in Devon.
Mrs. Dugdale, speaking from her home in Spain, said: & I love John and he loves me – we have had some great times together. His wife knows everything because he has known her. He is a man of honor, so I now understand that he will never leave his wife.
& # 39; He cannot follow his heart to be with me full time because of his obligations and historical status as a duke. It is very sad.
& # 39; It is her (his wife's) fault that she was gone so much … Poor John was sitting at home in moth-eaten springers who ate a ready-made meal for him. I took care of him and bought him Gucci shoes from a second hand shop in Chelsea. & # 39;
Last night Mrs. Dugdale confirmed the relationship – and said it had begun because the duke's wife, a faithful Catholic, often spent time in Rome leaving her husband to look after herself
Mrs. Dugdale said: & I love John and he loves me – we have had some great times together. His wife knows everything because he has known her. He is a man of honor, so I now understand that he will never leave his wife & # 39; (photo: John with his wife Judith-Rose)
The old Etonian duke, 66, has issued a statement in which he says that he and his wife pursue our own and shared life & # 39 ;.
It is almost eight years since the eccentric Marquess of Bath & # 39; s own extra-marital affairs were emphasized when a Sunday lunch on the 10,000-hectare Longleat estate degenerated into an orgy of drunken and immoral behavior.
It ended with the aristocrat who made a midnight quick hat to the hospital.
The Duke of Somerset – who sits in the Lords as a crossbencher – is highly regarded as a pillar of the established order and descends from Edward Seymour, the 1st Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector of England – and brother of the third wife from Henry VIII, Jane Seymour.
The duke, a four-father, was a regular visitor to the lush farm where Mrs. Dugdale lived in Longleat (photo) before being forced to Spain when they became known in the area
The Duke's house, Bradley House in Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, stands on a beautiful estate that Henry VIII donated to the family.
Threefold divorced Mrs Dugdale – who has not received payment for this story – is no stranger to the great life. Her father, James Grenville Dugdale, was a commander of the Royal Navy and an equerry for the Duke of Windsor.
Last night the Duke of Somerset made a statement saying: & I understand that you have spoken with my old friend, Mrs. Dugdale … My wife and I live happily together, have our own and mutual friends and strive for a personal and shared life. & # 39;
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